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Does weight training hinder bone growth?

Q: How to expand the chest? People say that if we choose a gym for muscle building, it hinders our bone growth and height won't increase. How far is it true?

A:If you are interested in increasing your body size you have to plan to work on it in a systematic manner and then be patient, for the results will take a while. As far as hindering bone growth and height is concerned, it is advisable that you do serious weight training after you have reached your puberty. So this could be around age 17-18 years. You could also find good body growth by using just your own body weight, like push-ups, squats and abdominal crunches and back extensions. That way, you can maintain it for longer, even if you can not get to a gym. But the choice lies with you. The most specific method to increase bulk is to take up weight training as the primary activity in your workout. Your workout should also include some cardiovascular exercises like cycling, walking, jogging (so that you also work your heart and lung capacity) as well as stretching your body (so that your muscles remain flexible, which reduces the risk of injury) Ideally, you should train under the guidance of a qualified and experienced fitness instructor so that the program be specifically suited to meet your needs and the progress can be monitored. This need not necessarily be in the gym, although you may find good trainers there. Each body part should be weight trained at least once a week (depending on the intensity of that particular workout). Do make sure that you work out all body parts to ensure you achieve balance. Side by side, you should increase your diet intake with the right type and amount of calories.


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